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DECEMBER 2021

EU Tries To Block Russia-Belarus Integration As Migrants Die Along Its Border

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Some EU members have had enough with migrants coming in from Belarus’ side, accusing Minsk of “weaponizing” them.

To deal with this issue, 12 interior ministers from member states demanded that the EU finances border-wall projects to stop migrants entering through Belarus.

In a letter dated October 7th, the ministers asked the European Commission to tweak external border-entry rules to include walls and fences.

Around 4,000 people have entered Lithuania, some 1,400 have gotten into Poland, and around 400 came to Latvia over the past few months. All three have since declared a state-of-emergency at their borders with Belarus, while also adopting new restrictions on asylum claims.

The ones suffering the most, meanwhile, are the migrants themselves.

Most recently, on October 5th the body of a Sri-Lankan national was discovered not far from the Lithuanian border in Belarus, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 4.

Along the border with Poland the situation is even worse, as at least 6 migrants have died as of October 7th.

Despite these deaths, the Polish government is abiding by its criminal policy of not letting any refugees into the country. The government’s announced state of emergency has been extended for another 60 days and heavily armed soldiers are sealing the border.

Notably, Poland has entirely closed a sensitive section of the border, not allowing journalists and aid organizations. The three-kilometer strip has 2,500 heavily armed soldiers, 4,000 border guards and 600 police officers patrolling and protecting it.

Just recently, a US tank battalion was deployed near the Lithuania-Belarus border to take part in almost a month-long series of exercises with the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

Not only that, but an interspecific task force of the US Armed Forces was deployed in Germany. It will be armed with medium- and shorter-range missiles, well within reach of Belarus’ borders.

Meanwhile, not only does Europe have issues with migrants from Belarus, but it also wants to block any further integration between Minsk and Moscow.

On October 7th, the European Parliament warned Russia and Belarus from further negotiations on deeper integration in a resolution.

The resolution states that the integration includes a “progressive militarization of Belarus,” and see it as “a violation of the sovereignty of Belarus, as the Belarusian people are being deprived of their right to determine the future of their country.”

As a result, any further dealings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko must stop immediately.

Additionally, EU institutions should periodically report to the Parliament “on the Kremlin’s interference in Belarus, including its exploitation of the situation with a view to deeper political, military and economic control of Belarus.”

It appears that the EU doesn’t have enough problems of its own that it also attempts to “solve the problems” of other, neighboring countries by dealing in their internal and international matters.

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